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Every landing is a crash landing! Airspeed Horsa Mk.I, Operation Tonga, 6. June 1944

Although the Airspeed Horsa is a well-known aircraft and can also claim to be one of the icons of the Allied landings in Normandy on 6 June 1944, I did not realise until this project what a gripping story(s) and most remarkable technology lie be[...]

“He who sows the Fury will reap the Hurricane!” Sidney Camms biplane masterpiece Hawker Fury

With the last years of the 1930s, the era of the biplane in military use finally came to an end. Although it was a farewell, it was a grand departure! The Hawker Fury I can be counted among the top products of a design concept oriented towards t[...]

From a chance encounter I wouldn’t want to miss: record-breaking aeroplane Lesher Teal

The FAI /Fédération Aéronautique Internationale is the leading organisation for the promotion of private sport aviation. As an association, it is almost as old as aviation itself: it was founded in Paris in 1905, and today it has its headquarter[...]

Hilmi’s flight: a Yak-11 in the flashpoint of the Middle East conflict.

Every biography is bound up in the fabric of the large and small contexts of its time. If one has the opportunity to take a closer look at an individual fate, this generality transforms into a concrete and humanly touching, all too often also dr[...]

Un mirage atomique! Dassault Mirage IVA

France, reborn after the Second World War, was still striving to become a nuclear power in the late 1940s against the backdrop of the Cold War. As part of the Western world, France pursued the expansion of its armed forces in view of a possible [...]

One of the first passenger jets, one of the last projects in 2020: Sud Aviation Caravelle, the flying beauty of the 60s!

As the poet Heinrich Heine put it so associatively and beautifully, "There is magic in every beginning", and this can also be applied to this aircraft in a broad sense. The Sud Aviation Caravelle marks many a beginning for civil aviation and, I [...]

Tie Silencer V3: a rather fictional report

The development of the Tie Silencer The term "tie fighter" is associated with qualities such as agility, speed and firepower, but also with the idea of pitiless replaceability. As long as this concept fitted into a system of rule that equated ga[...]

How a fishing net and a pole saved a world record flight: Vickers Wellesley Mk.I LRDU L2680, November 1938

About the Vickers Wellesley Mk.I The Vickers Wellesley is astonishing at first sight - and still has remarkable things in store for the second, third and even fourth glance. I personally always find this feature interesting. So when I came acros[...]

Schmaltzie goes to war: P-47 Thunderbolt, 57th FG ,65th FS

The original With its distinctive appearance, the P-47 Thunderbolt is one of the best known aircraft of the Second World War. The recognition value of a P-47 is indeed high; it is determined by a technical design to which the superior flight per[...]

From the Thunderbolt family album: P-43 Lancer

About the P-43 "Lancer" The history of the P-43 Lancer is closely linked to the development of one of the most famous icons of American aviation, the P-47 Thunderbolt. Just one look at the amazingly similar appearance of the two aircraft can pro[...]